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Humphry Repton (1752–1818)
Hatchlands in Surry a Seat of George Holme Sumner Esqr
Pen and brown ink and watercolor on paper, in Repton's Red Book of Hatchlands. Album, 1800
8 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches (222 x 292 mm)
Collection of Mrs. J. P. Morgan, Jr., Gift of Junius S. Morgan and Henry S. Morgan; 1954.16
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Repton proposed to change Hatchlands from "a large red house by the side of a high road, to a Gentleman-like residence in the midst of a Park." In order to do so, he would have it painted the color of stone (advice that was declined) and would screen functional outbuildings from view with dense plantings. Hatchlands represents Repton's least Romantic side—his practical professional aspect that drew fire from grand advocates of the Picturesque. This is a smaller scale project in which he had to negotiate with the owner to add a lawn and remove a few trees for better light.

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